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duskhunterma
Oct 7, 2017 4:57 AM CST
Unfortunately this site is in U.S.A.? The varieties and plants we can grow are different in UK which is the reason I want to unsubscribe unless someone can tell me I'm wrong. Angela

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Name: Joshua
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Australis
Oct 7, 2017 5:12 AM CST

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Hi Angela,

Whilst the site is hosted in the USA, there are members from all over the world on this site (for example, I'm in Australia). There are definitely other members who are in the UK as well (there's a couple that frequent the Iris forum that I know of). Please don't feel you need to leave the site simply because you live in the UK. There's bound to be advice and plants that are applicable to your area; additionally, I hope you will enjoy the discussion in the forums.
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duskhunterma
Oct 7, 2017 5:30 AM CST
Thanks for the encouragement, it is a shame I cannot get the day lilies available in the States. I look them all up only to find they don't exist in UK.
I open my garden to the public in aid of the local hospice but it costs me more than I make for them. Of course it is also my pleasure and an excuse to have plants I would not otherwise buy.
I host people from all over the world to come and volunteer help with the garden in return for their board and lodging and generally it works well and I have met some lovely people.
In Europe we can plant share which is what gardeners love to do I understand why we can't with other countries and also that it can be done with a phytosanitary certificate but that is sooo expensive that nowadays I just ogle the varieties from abroad.
As you can see I share the garden with my ducks and chickens.
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Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
Köppen Climate Zone Cfb
Region: Australia Bookworm Cat Lover Lilies Orchids Irises
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Australis
Oct 7, 2017 6:28 AM CST

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Sorry to hear that many of the varieties aren't available in the UK.

That is very kind of you to open your garden to the public like that and it looks like a lovely spot from your photo. Sounds like you have a nice arrangement going as well with the volunteer gardeners.

I certainly understand the frustration and difficulties with importing plants. Different countries have different rules - Australia's are some of the most strict I know of, although in a lot of cases we can import seed without any issues. That may be an option for you as well, if you're willing to raise plants from seed.

I know @cliftoncat (who also lives in the UK) has imported Irises from time to time and may be able to comment on what the import restrictions are for you.
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Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
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kniphofia
Oct 7, 2017 6:49 AM CST
I've been a member of this site for years and yes it's very much US dominated but gardening is a worldwide activity and you will surely get a lot of information here.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Oct 7, 2017 7:03 AM CST
Hi @duskhunterma

I don't live in the US either, but I enjoy belonging to this site because it is a great place to get gardening ideas, ask questions, identify plants, look at beautiful photos, post your own pictures, and so on, and there are forums for just about anything you can think of. And you can be sure that everyone here loves gardening!

I'm not able to import plants without a phyto either, and I drool in vain over fuchsia varieties that are grown in the UK. I can only grow fuchsias as house plants, because the winters here are very cold and the ground freezes solid, but I expect you have hedges of them. :sigh:

I hope you will stay with us on the site, and I look forward to seeing more of your photos.
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 7, 2017 7:04 AM CST
Here in the US we do have some areas with very similar climate to the UK, especially up in the Pacific Northwest. There's a forum for Pac NW gardening that may interest you. I'm a transplanted Canadian from British Columbia and enjoy reading the forums from several different areas, and for types of plants that I can no longer grow in my subtropical garden in Florida. My daughter and son live in Utah - high desert - and I plant a lot of things for them as well.

So yes, the plants, advice and camaradarie on this site are global and all are welcome. It's all about gardening, and I still maintain that the former title of the site "All Things Plants" was much more inclusive than the present title. I just refer to the site as "garden.org" now.
Elaine

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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Oct 7, 2017 7:11 AM CST
@duskhunterma Hi Angela, and welcome! Absolutely no need to unsubscribe because you're not in the US; I too am UK based (although we also have a place in France, so more accurately UK and France based).

I regularly import plants from other countries - of course Europe is straightforward (at least until Brexit; who knows what will happen afterwards!) For irises from the US, I mostly buy from Mid America Garden - they have a wonderful scheme where they send all their European orders in a big batch and share the cost of the phyto certificate between all the customers. This makes it very affordable to buy from them - and they have a huge number of really wonderful varieties. Tempo Two in Australia used to have a similar scheme, but the owner has recently retired.

For daylilies, which you mention, have you looked at Eurocallis? http://eurocallis.com They have lots of international varieties, although there are current restrictions on what can be imported into the EU from some areas of the US because of a bacterial problem. I've bought many great varieties of day lily from Eurocallis and have always been pleased with the quality of their plants.

I agree with Joshua that your garden looks beautiful - I would love to have chickens here but we get lots of foxes so I don't think they would last long!

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duskhunterma
Oct 7, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Thank you for all your lovely responses how could anyone leave such a lovely site.

Hope this doesn't post twice my first reply has disappeared. I am going to enjoy researching the plants on the links so thank you very much for those.

I think I am just lucky to not be bothered by the fox as they are certainly just the other side of the fence I have seen them. I invested in a lot of electric poultry fencing which I don't use as it is difficult to maintain the rate the grass grows here. I don't seem to need it the birds free range everywhere but get shut in at Dusk, the chickens put themselves to bed and the ducks wander into their houses when they see me. We do have problems with stoats though and rats. I saw the stoat take a young rabbit in the Spring so sad to see though I know everything has to eat.

The picture is of part of Dartmoor National Park which is one mile away from me


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Name: Trish
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Yorkshirelass
Oct 7, 2017 11:04 AM CST
Hi, Angela,

I'm sure you'll find plenty to read from fellow gardeners from around the world. I've only been a member for less than a year but thoroughly enjoy learning and sharing knowledge. Also seeing beautiful photographs of plants which would not survive in my neck of the woods.

I love your photo of Dartmoor - wild and rugged, just as the moors and dales are around me in Yorkshire.

Happy gardening
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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Oct 7, 2017 4:10 PM CST
Re current British/EU plant importation restrictions, it's perhaps ironic that historically so many North American native perennial species were initially introduced into Europe and then bred/selected there. Purple coneflowers and "Michaelmas Daisies" are very popular perennials that come to mind.
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Oct 7, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Hi Angela, Welcome! from me too!

Your garden is so beautiful! I think you will love this site. As you can see, we have gardeners from all over the world and it's so much fun chatting and sharing information about the different plants and flowers we grow ... and of course seeing photos!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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HemNorth
Oct 7, 2017 8:59 PM CST
@duskhunterma Welcome to this Website! Nice to meet you, and hope you stay.
I'm from Canada, but spent a wonderful year in Norwich (Sept. 1989 to Aug. 1990), on a Teaching exchange. I learned so much by going to so many Garden Opens and National Trust Gardens and Nurseries. I made scads of notes, took many photos, and bought so many second hand gardening books, that we had to pay extra duty bringing them back.

What I love about this International website, is the glimpse into so many beautiful gardens all around the world. Thank you for sharing about what you do, and how you welcome other people into your garden. Please share more about what your favourite plants are, and share some of your photos into the Database. We all learn from each other. Smiling
Name: Sue
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sooby
Oct 8, 2017 4:52 AM CST
Welcome!

I grew up in the UK and used to garden there. I don't think anyone has yet mentioned that there is a specific British Gardening forum on this site. I joined it but it doesn't seem very active - perhaps you can help change that!

British Gardening Forum:
https://garden.org/forums/view...
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
Region: Canadian Cat Lover Salvias Xeriscape Roses Organic Gardener
Garden Photography Echinacea Butterflies Birds Irises Daylilies
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HemNorth
Oct 8, 2017 6:43 PM CST
Thank you, Sue, for this link - I have starred it so that I can refer back to it. I have looked at a number of Neil's photo travels through some of the major Gardens. Always fascinating, but I didn't know where to go for more - so Thanks again.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Oct 8, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Another forum @duskhunterma might be interested in is the NGA Fuchsia Forum. Like June, I'd love to be able to grow more of them here. When I was in the UK I could grow them outdoors in the garden with the more tender ones in a small greenhouse. There are huge hedges of Fuchsia magellanica in parts of the UK. I belonged to the British Fuchsia Society and used to buy rooted cuttings by mail which was a great way to increase my collection at minimal cost. I don't think anyone sells them that way in Canada.

Fuchsia Forum:
https://garden.org/forums/view...

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